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. and the plungers are back. we have head live to sandy point for the annual polar bear plunge. wbal-tv saturday starts now. [captioning made possible by constellation energy group] >> good morning, everybody. welcome to this special polar bear plunge edition of 11 news saturday morning. i'm kate amara. stan? >> we had some flurries driving in but not going to be anything but flurries. one benefit. because we have this include deck overhead, it's held the temperatures up a little bit. so it's not as bitterly cold this morning. >> our readings are mostly in the low to mid temperatures. i've got the satellite in hear. you see a lot of overcast. gray shading over the mid-atlantic reading. this is a little second impulse. it's not lake-effect snow. it's just a second impulse coming along the flow in the upper atmosphere. it's coming out of the great lakes. so we may see a little bit of this off and on but it's not accumulating-type snow. we'll see breaks in the clouds. the trend temperature-wise over the next few days is up, up, up. we'll talk about that coming up in a few minutes. >> we'll take tha
. because people are starting to show up here at sandy point state park because at 1:00 it's the 17th annual maryland state police plunge. all the money goes to the special olympics and the special olympic athletes. thank you for being here. how are you doing? >> i'm doing great. this is impressive, isn't it? >> unbelievable. the energy is amazing. the way our athletes warm people's souls, it's a balmy day out here. >> you said that so-so well and it's true. jimmy myrick one of the first people who started the super plunger last night came in and everybody went crazy. >> unbelievable inspiration to us all. he embodyies the concept that athletes transform lives and build a better community. >> it must be an honor to have your job here with special olympics maryland because to be around such special people. >> the word honor is right. i'm the luckiest person here to be able to work with people like you and everybody who comes out to support. we will have 20,000 people out here. 11,000 will go in the bay to raise $the 2.6 million to raise the statewide funds. >> i say you should go once in you
. that includes 7 cents a share of negative impact about a because of superstorm sandy, because of those recovery efforts. what was the estimate, joe? >> i mean, the number that they're -- that we're seeing reported by reuters are -- i don't know whether that's yearly or what, but they're taughting fourth quarter of 1.48. >> fourth quarter, 38 cents. >> i saw that, but -- >> even with the seven cents back in, the estimate was 50 cents. >> this must have a lot on other stuff in it. the one that is sitting on the wire. we're getting some news from the company itself. but yeah, there is a -- does that include did they sell something or have a big gain? they might have. what did you -- >> 38 is what they say, plus the 7 cents. >> that is still below. >> below what the street would have been looking for and -- >> i doubt if they're going miss by -- you know, as stable a company as verizon is -- >> although the company is saying they were positioning themselves for growth in 2013. the story is the verizon sees opportunities in the fourth quarter to improve profits for 2013 means they probably threw a l
that a beat, wouldn't you, despite some losses from superstorm sandy. shares fresh 52-week high. up more than $2 at 78.49. do we like travelers at this price? >> we do. if you like this price, you could potentially sell some puts, that allows you to collected premium and come in lower. the ceo has done a great job. you look at this low interest rate environment, he's honing the prices. that's why they'll do better in the future. >> on to verizon, fourth quarter loss, missed expectations, seeing strong subscriber growth, but impact from super storm sandy and pension costs hurting that phone carrier. herb greenberg was on the earnings call this morning and pointed out that as we get more and more platforms in the mix there will be competition, subsidy reduction as there was in the basic phone history in the ecosystem. that sounds not so hot there, jeff. what do you think of verizon. >> verizon has spent a lot of their network, the fios network. so verizon, short-term you will havae agn opportunity to buy ha here. verizon are moving forward. they're diversified. it would be nice to see stated an
sandy survivors, how they're coping coming up. plus, senator john kerry, the chairman of the senate foreign relations committee, testifying to the senate foreign relations committee. it's all about his bid to be the next secretary of state. so how is that going to go? that's coming up. [ male announcer ] this is sheldo whose long day setting up the news starts with arthritis pain and a choice. take tylenol or take aleve, the #1 recommended pain reliever by orthopedic doctors. just two aleve can keep pain away all day. back to the news. >>> fox weather alert. it's january and cold. to relief for the deep freeze across the northern u.s. and forecasters say a developing storm could add snow to the mix. temperatures, better than the last couple of days bus freezing in louisville and d.c. especially painful for families who don't have any electricity or heat after superstorm sandy slammed the northeast. volunteers have set up warming tents on staten island. >> we have some propane heaters. our tent has propane heater but weather conditions like this the heater doesn't work so well. for t
background check. they say the new bill won't keep guns out of the hands of mass killers like the sandy hook and aurora colorado, shooters. carolyn, herself a victim of gun violence disagrees. >> if you don't have the guns and the large magazines on the shelves, those who have done these horrific killings wouldn't be able to go into a gun store and just buy them. >> john: now, here's the good news. new polls including the latest gallup poll shows strong support for gun control laws to prevent school shootings. 91% of americans are for requiring criminal background checks for all gun sales. only 8% are against that. 60% favor a bill like senator feinstein's that would reinstate and strengthen an assault weapons ban. just over a third were against that. 54% back limiting sales of ammunition magazines to ten rounds or less, although 43% still think that's okay. presumably maniacs should have the right to conduct massacres without having to inconveniently reload. now, some bad news. despite those numbers passing an assault weapons ban is considered an uphill struggle in the senate and a sure los
of sandy. >>> the husband and brother of a new york woman who's been missing in turkey are in en route to find her. a 33-year-old more of two was traveling alone to fulfill her photography dream. her passport and medical documents were found in her istanbul hotel room. they created this website dedicated to tracking her down. >>> argo winning the top prize at the screen actors guild awards. other big winners jennifer lawrence as best actress. and daniel day-lewis for his portrayal of america's 16th president in "lincoln." >> it occurred to me that it was an actor that murdered abraham lincoln. and therefore somehow it's only fitting every now and then an actor tries to bring him back to life again. >> on the television side the stars of 30 rock alec baldwin and tina fey winning for best actor and best actress in a comedy series. >> you have to see this video of a little boy being rescued from a flooded pickup truck. the story behind this video coming up right after a real quick break. clear, huh? i'm not juice or fancy water. i've got nine grams of protein. that's three times more than
sandy, of tropical storm sandy. they wanted to defend their own territory in terms of politics, but i didn't see anything particularly conspiratorial in any of that. >> no, they're actually trying to save themselves. they've got a bunch of people from very safe districts, and john is right, it would be very hard for democrats to take back the house until after 2020 because all those districts are gerrymandered, and, you know, if you can't take back the house, you certainly can't annihilate the republicans. it was a kind of loopy expression, and i think if john was being honest, he'd say he wouldn't have advised the speaker to say it. >> is victimhood now a republican meme? now republicans are all victims too? i know the democrats are sometimes truly victims, but are you selling the fact, hey, we're getting beat up by these bullies. is this the new thing, complaining, crying? do you think it works politically? >> i think the president's speech on monday did a wonderful thing for republicans. it got them united and fired up. he said nothing that anybody in any red states would say he's
dangerous situations. this is the way preparations were qurktd conducted when they went to help on sandy then. although they can't give too many details of this mission, eventually 200 members will leave for afghanistan and the horn of africa. this will be a 4 month deployment. >> when we are preparing for this we have to have screening and combat skills training and the straining necessary to complete our job so it is quite a bit of training leading up to the deployment. >> some of that deployment has taken place already, mostly in terms of getting cargo and supplies out there ahead of time similar to what you see now from that. again they can't talk about where they are headed first and a timetable. a big part of the deployment will start in two hours and be there and have a complete report on our 6:00 newscast. live at moffett field, robert honda, ktvu channel 2 news. >> we have new information out of san joaquin county where they look for clues left by the speed freak killers, this dig is expected to take several days and possibly several weeks. the work is focused on a well where
billion relief bill for superstorm sandy. the money will help the hardest hit areas in new york, new jersey and connecticut. some arked it will add to the nation's growing debts unless spending cuts are made elsewhere. president obama has promised to sign the bill if it makes it to his desk. >>> the battle between lawmers over gun control. tonight vice president joe biden took his push for tougher gun control laws on the road as a prominent democratic senator vows to passault weapons ban. jennifer davis has that story. >> reporter: vice president joe biden continues the administration's push for tighter gun restrictions following the massacre in newtown. today it's a round table discussion in richmond, virginia with gun safety experts called in after the 2007 virginia tech shootings. thursday it was an online discussion. >> just like you don't have the right to go buy an m1 tank, just like you don't have the right to buy an automatic weapon. >> reporter: biden says the administration supports the second amendment but believes tighter gun laws are needed to protect americans. >> i'm m
, sales not meeting analysts. they blame the winner weather and superstorm sandy and some people are saying they should look internally but not good numbers for joseph a. bank. lori: sums it up. thank you. melissa: s&p lowering rating on illinois on the concerns that it is failing to address the $96 billion pension fund deficit. we have the trait treasurer of illinois and he joins us now. dan, tell me the practical implication of this. i know your pension fund they say is only 35% funded. they consider 80% to be healthy. this is really about your pension. what is the implication of the downgrade? >> well, for the taxpayers i think it is two things. one is a real psychological. you keep hearing about how illinois is doing so bad, whether moody's, standard & poor's or fitch but the other the fact when illinois goes into the bond market it costs us more money than if we were for example a aaa rated state like other states in the nation r it costs more in interest on the long-term type of debt we're looking to go into. melissa: they say you have weakened pension fund ratios and a lac
and after super storm sandy he invited residents without power and food over to his house to relax. >>> nearly 0 hikers in a national forest were trapped by raging flood waters. rescue crews had to use cell phone signals to find the people. after six hours of search and rescue, everyone was accounted for. the flood waters came from runoff from heavy rainfall near tucson earlier yesterday. >>> if you want to check out with your visa or mastercard, get ready. you might have to pay a little more. starting today merchants have the option to make you pay the swipe fee. this was recently paid by a merchant to the bank, but now the merchant can make you pay. fees can be as high as 4% of your total bill and will be added in 40 u.s. states. >>> casey anth eony has filed f bankruptcy. central florida news 13 reports that anthony filed for bankruptcy on the same day an appeals court tossed out two of the four misdemeanor charges against her. anthony's liabilities are $13 million with the majority of that stemming from legal fees. >>> after a landmark change in military policy, women will now
their revolution. >>> people still struggling to recover from hurricane sandy three months later are hoping for help from capitol hill. monday, the senate will vote on whether to provide $50 billion in emergency relief. the senate passed this bill last year but have to vote again since the house delayed the vote and hen passed the bill during the new 113th congress. >>> aviation experts are startings to unravel the huge problems with the huge boeing 787 dreamliner. they found a short circuit and an uncontrolled came 8:00 reaction. they have since grounded the 787 until the investigation is completed. >>> well, now that we have had a week of coping with cold and snow, are you ready for a warmup? >> how about that? i am. howard's got the seven day forecast coming up right after the break. keep i >>> good morning, welcome back to 9news now on this friday morning. it's 5:14. and we have a school closing to add to the list. st. mary's county is closed this morning. and a good way to have a nice long holiday weekend for those people. >> they are enjoying it. they had a 5.7-inch snow total there.
of hurricane sandy. many people left with just a structure around them, no heat, just the studs where the walls once were. like the home where nbc's katy tur is visiting tonight, staten island in new york. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. outside the real-feel temperature is about 6 degrees. inside, where people are living, it's about 32 degrees. it got so cold in here last night, these water bottles on the wall actually froze. and this home has heat. >> up. >> reporter: scott and dee mcgrath's whole life has been moved into one small bedroom. >> this is my dining room -- >> living room. >> living room -- >> bedroom -- >> bedroom and computer room. everything all in one. >> reporter: thermostat set to 90, actual temperature, 65. downstairs, though, it's a whole other ball game. >> as you can see, we have a lot of exposed walls. >> there's a lot of people living like this. just because we have heat and electric back on doesn't mean we're actually staying warm. >> 39. >> 39 degrees. >> reporter: the mcgraths have been living this way for three months. in november, they pleaded for
of the bay area. let's check in with sandy with the latest on live doppler 7 hd. >> let me show you the doppler. showers we have are really winding down but where we have wet roadway we take you in to the inland east bay out to oakley and brentwood. lone tree road sunset road very light showers marsh creek road and highway 4. vast road really light returns rate now. rainfall total nothing in san francisco get down to the south bay, it came down hard at one point. san jose 35 hundredths of an inch. just over quarter in livermore. don't put those umbrella away yet. we have another system coming. i'll be back to let you know if it impacts your weekend plans. >> see you shortly. >> body of mother and her 5-year-old daughter have been recovered from an ice covered pond in am door county. that pond is on remote property in the community of pine grove. bodies of 46-year-old karen anderson and her daughter amelia were found today about 30 feet from shore in water that was barely above freezing. on monday deputy responded to reports of loose llama and couldn't find anyone at the owne
of the sandy hook massacre. >>> manti te'o has agreed to his first on-camera interview since the scandal broke about his girlfriend that never was. te'o and his parents will sit down with abc's katie couric, for a show airing this thursday. in an offcamera interview with espn, te'o acknowledged he handled the situation poorly. but he denied any involvement in the hoax. >>> and as you already know, it is all about the super bowl match-ups this morning. with all the highlights, here's espn news. >> i'm hakem dermish with your "sportscenter." and ray's ride continues. ray lewis and the ravens, taking on tom braidy and the patriots for a trip to the super bowl. new england takes a 10-7 lead. fourth quarter we go. baltimore up one. joe flacco to anquan boldin. touchdown, baltimore. an 11-yard touchdown from flacco to anquan boldin. that capped off the game for baltimore. 240 yards, 3 touchdowns, no interceptions for flacco. and the baltimore ravens are going to the super bowl, winning 28-13. >>> we're in atlanta for the nfc championship game. colin kaepernick and the 49ers, taking on matt ryan and
and the sandy hook elementary school. >>> our state will be represented in this year's inaugural parade. university of maryland marching band will serenade the audience with music. it's selected from more than 2,000 bands who applied to take part. this is video of the band performing in front of fellow university student. this is the 4th time in the 104 year history they are taking part in the celebration. >>> remember we are your home for the complete inauguration coverage. we will have live team coverage in the nation's capital and we have a special section on the abc2tv app. down load that app from the app store. >> and if you are looking forward to heading down there, we need to bundle up. >> yes, you do. it's going to be a chilly day especially this morning. but as we go into the afternoon i will calling it more seasonable. we won't get the arctic blast until tomorrow. you see the low temperatures this morning, these will be our high temperatures tomorrow. so oh, yes, we are going to feel it. right now, in perry hall, temperature at 26 degrees. 24 in west friend hip. around at 30 a
had a derailment because of it. we had record fires. we had record levels of damage from sandy, $70 billion. if we can't see the downside of spending that money and risking lives for all the changes that are taking place, to agriculture, to our communities, the ocean and so forth, we are ignoring what science is telling us. i will be a passionate advocate on this not based on ideology but based on facts and science. and i hope to sit with all of you and convince you that this $6 trillion market is worth millions of american jobs and we better go after it. >> to my good friend senator barrasso, wyoming is a producer state, new mexico is also a producer state and i found the same experience that senator kerry has talked about in massachusetts, in new mexico, the fastest growing sector these renewable jobs. so i think it's a big opportunity for us. we should be pursuing it. i agree with what he just said and i hope we can work with each other, because we should try to pull together and discuss the facts and really pursue this sector that is going to be so vital to the future and vital
to help victims of sandy. lawmakers new york, new jersey and connecticut say it's urgently needed. sandy hit the east coast last october killing 140 people and destroying homes and businesses. the house passed the emergency relief bill last week. >>> storm victims in new jersey will have to meet new standard when's they rebuild their homes because for the first time in 20 years the federal emergency management agency has updated the flood maps for the jersey shore. that is now a higher risk zone. new jersey governor said that property owners will see a benefit. >> you will see lower insurance costs in the long run. if if run. if you don't meet new stand standards you will be less safe. >> it was the sound of cheering for gay couples in rhode island late last night. the house passed legislation that would allow same sex couples to get married. it's not official just yet. it must go through the senate. right now rhode island is the only state in new england that doesn't allow same sex couples to get marry. >>> the founder of facebook wants to help a friend keep his job as governor. they
he called the worst day of his presidency, when he was told about the massacre at sandy hook elementary. he now mentions this effort nearly daily. >> to protect our children and protect them from the horrors of gun violence. protecting our children from harm. >> reporter: the public is behind the president on some proposals. gun show background checks, an owner database. but a ban on assault weapons appears unlikely, as republicans push back. >> this is not designed to actually solve the problem of violent crime. this is designed to assuage liberal partisans. >> reporter: it's not just republicans. the white house admits not all democrats are on board. >> i do think things have changed since newtown. we're going to twist the arms of democrats and republicans and engage the american people in this debate. >> reporter: david kerley, abc news, washington. >>> as inauguration festivities get under way, the nation is pausing to pay tribute to martin luther king jr. community leaders and celebrities got a jump on things in washington with an annual wreath laying ceremony. >>> and m
with the sandy and fiscal cliff votes. >> we'll stick with the metaphor. warming in cooperation or chilly confrontation? >> the incentives nationally for republicans are to do something about immigration. but if you are -- your average house member up there, you just won your district. probably did not support barack obama, and frankly your incentives are not aligned with the national party. you don't care about whether chrissis chriss christie or marco rubio gets support. pundits and grassroots and a lot of members will decide the issue in the house of representatives. >> big challenges for the president and internally. ahead on "starting point," we've heard about the second term curse. the final four years can turn into a bit of disaster. the obstacles that could give this president some second-term trouble, next. financial obstacles military families face, we understand. our financial advice is geared specifically to current and former military members and their families. [ laughs ] dad! dad! [ applause ] [ male announcer ] life brings obstacles. usaa brings retirement advice.
's causing some real problems for victims of super storm sandy. believe it or not, some of those folks still have no heat, no power in their homes. including this man in new jersey who has yet to receive any aid and is now living in a trailer next to his house. authorities in several american states are already blaming the weather for multiple deaths. schools are closed all over the place. commuter trains and subways jammed. and let's not forget about the frozen pipes and the water mains. take a look at this. chicago firefighters before dawn had to battle a warehouse fire. one of the biggest they have had in years. but the water froze right on to the side of the building. the conditions so bad, look at this. a third of the department had to help put it out. they even had to bring in empty city buss so firefighters with frozen gloves like this guy had a place to try to get out of cold. incredible. steve brown our chicago-based correspondent with more on the deep freeze. the number of deaths appears to be rising tonight. >> yeah. we're across the street from that warehouse fire that you mentio
. >> john: who doubt, and who cannot cheer what he has done for sandy victims. >> and the police forces, they love him too. >> john: and we could use that tunnel to manhattan as well. >> to predict anything about what chris christie's bigger play is on the national scare right now-- >> that was a double pun in there. >> yeah, exactly. wait until there's not this desperate emotional place that we're in, and again you know, chris christie was amazing in new jersey, but to give someone credit for loving the state that they're a governor of and stem in and do whatever they want, it's like saying he doesn't feed his kids. he drives them to school. isn't that great he changes a diaper yeah, i love that he did but he's supposed to. just like giuliani was supposed to after 9/11. >> it only makes sense defense secretary leone panetta will be lifting the ban on women serving in combat positions. it's been a long time coming especially since women have been serving on the front lines. are you bewildered about the timing of this today? >> it seems like a news cycle but not every announcement is tim
. >> let's check in now with brian for a look at the news edge at 6:00. >> sandy hook advisory commission meets for the first time since the deadly school shooting. the newly released footage from the deadly hostage stand off. and hundreds of thousands of pro-life supporters begin to arrive in washington. that and more on the news edge at 6:00. >>> strangling a doctor, tying her up and burning her body. jason smith had an argument and strangled her with a rope. investigators say he never met her before. he went to a home for an appointment about an hour before police were called. charged with murder and other counts. >> a not guilty plea. charged with stocking and threatening a former girlfriend and a plastic surgeon who gave her a breast augmentation. the 56-year-old voice actor paid for his surgery and demanded the money back when they broke up. he even threatened to kill her and her son. if found guilty, he faces a maximum sentence of 9 years in prison. >> the woman who was blinded when her lover hired hit men to throw at her face. served 14 years in prison for the crime. after he rele
monday to pass a bill to help the victims of hurricane sandy. the vote comes three months after the super storm devastated parts of new jersey and new york. as many as 40,000 people were left homeless. at least 3500 families living in hotels. the hotels are funded by fema. claims are on an individual basis and they expire every two weeks. the next deadline is tomorrow and many families are still waiting to hear whether they are going to be allowed to stay. >> you have to imagine what that's like, living in the hotel is hateful. imagine hoping that you get to stay in a hotel because you don't have anywhere else to go. >> yeah, not good. that happened a long time ago. >> no kidding, time to get this moving. >> we held in the 20s today. >> you said it was coming. >> and it snowed. didn't snow much, but it does count, i suppose. we have some pictures for you. this is live near tyson's corner and the traffic is slow. it's not a heavy snow, but if you add anything to the mix, and it's not a good thing. here's the white house, that's pretty. very nice, very nice. all right, let's take a lo
or infrastructure around the tristate area to stop storms like sandy. you knowings we could do and say all we want at the federal level. when you have that activity at the local level, you got to say to yourself, really, is it worth it; right, phil? >> also giving $50 billion to the sierra club to destroy the coal industry. he's not on the sidelines, it's a pet cause as well. we have a problem in that the governing e leets in large part, not just in government, but outside of government as well focused on boutique issues that really are not relevant to the immediate and serious economic hardships that many americans face right now, and i think we got to get the priorities in order. if you have a growing economy, and you're doing well, and people are prosperous, you have the resources to tackle every problem that's out there including environmental problems. when the economy is shrinking or growing weakly, you don't have the resources to tackle any of the other problems, and, frankly, environmental quality is the worst in poor countries. this is true historically as well as internationally. you got
storm sandy. >>> the bitter cold is moving over the southeast and mid-atlantic areas. the storm is expected to spread freezing rain and ice over much of the southeast as well. let's turn to cnn. >> looks like the event is taking place in washington, d.c. and will be fast moving. the temperature at 23 degrees and the temperatures hover around the upper teens to low 20s for the overnight hours. this will move through fairly quickly. you have low visibility and you can see one or two inches. we move towards the southeast. this is interesting and the coldest temperatures are across the tri-state area in tennessee. upstate sections of georgia. as a result, quite a bit of icing across the region. numerous reports of car accidents in charlotte, north carolina. the ice is moving towards the east and there is a blaze of ice on the roadways. interstates kiting across charlotte and to knoxville. oak ridge and tricities area making for extremely dangerous road conditions. here's what i was talking about with the system. breezy between 15 and 25 miles per hour. >> when can we expect the brea
for sandy victims, we will take you live to one neighborhood where crews are demolishing homes. >>> horror at the club. and now arrests in the fire that killed more than 200. >>> plus, jonbenet ramsey would have been 23 years old. but now new word that her parents were close to being indicted for her death. >>> and a manhunt under way for an inmate who escaped not once, but twice. and his method is stunning police. the news is now. excuse me, sir i'm gonna have to ask you to power down your little word game. i think your friends will understand. oh no, it's actually my geico app...see? ...i just uh paid my bill. did you really? from the plane? yeah, i can manage my policy, get roadside assistance, pretty much access geico 24/7. sounds a little too good to be true sir. i'll believe that when pigs fly. ok, did she seriously just say that? geico. just click away with our free mobile app. try capzasin-hp. it penetrates deep to block pain signals for hours of relief. capzasin-hp. take the pain out of arthritis. >>> shifting our attention now to cyberspace. trouble is abreuing at the intersectio
like sandy hook elementary. technology, medicine, and the fundamental understanding of our universe. every day i am left in awe at how much we are able to achieve, and heartbroken over the uncertainty, we see opportunity. and we all feel a profound responsibility to our children and our grandchildren. we have a spirit of innovation here in washington that haswe are not done. [applause] a new world economy is emerging from the depths of this recession, and while its contours and relationships are not fully understood to us, we do know two things, one. with our uniquely powerful fusion of values and talents, washington state has the potential to lead the next wave of world-changing innovations. two. the world will not wait for us. global competition for the jobs of tomorrow. leading this next wave of growth entitlement. we must move, swiftly and boldly, to put this recession behind us, and bring forward a unique economic strategy that much." today, i'd like to share my vision of the path ahead. i know that to achieve this vision we must all work together. democrat and republican, hous
as the sandy hook tragedy took place. both of these things will be stretched out over time and come together. that's the only thing that should get to the president's desk, constitutional, prudent decisions made by the house, the senate, and the presidency. >> on the day of celebration, congressman, appreciate your time. it does seem we're heading towards what's more familiar in this town krb i know mayor booker is not a huge fan of it, but it's become a staple in this town -- confrontation. >> he's not a fan of it, but i bet he's pretty good at it, i'm going to guess, go out on a limb on that. thank you, john. appreciate that. >>> still ahead on "starting point," president obama has faced well publicized battles with congress. we're going to talk to senator angus king, an independent. he says he came to washington to shake things up. we'll ask him what that means straight ahead. ♪ [ male announcer ] the distances aren't getting shorter. ♪ the trucks are going farther. the 2013 ram 1500 with best-in-class fuel economy. engineered to move heaven and earth. guts. glory. ram. the new ram 15
responders who were there for hurricane sandy and it featured them along with some models wearing some new york collection items. now the magazine said when the storm hit, the city's bravest and finest punched back. now with the area on the mend we paid them a visit, dressed in the best of new york collections. the photos shot by annie liebowitz. what do you think about these photos? donnie, you're an image guy. >> why not? why is it okay to take shots because of football stars and not our heroes? >> some think it's vulgar. >> why is it vulgar? we're celebrating them. >> some people thought they weren't celebrating them. >> using them as a marketing tool to sell these fashion items. >> some people are still suffering the devastation of sandy. when you look at the photographs it's like pay more attention to us. >> should they not go on talk shows? these are heroes. why can't we celebrate them? >> while so many people are still trying to recover, they've lost their homes and all their belongings, do they want to see the marketing of high-fashion items next to these first responders? >> by th
carefully after the bump up from hurricane sandy, it came right back down. that's a good sign that people are not getting fired. and second, an underrated index, the index of leading economic indicators. you saw the slump, that slump was around the middle the year as the whole economy was worrisome but look how well it's come back towards the back end the year. that i think is part of the scenario that we'll grow faster than we have. look at house, retail sales, look at manufacturing, look at other indicators, they've ended the past year pretty good and they are starting the new year pretty well, 2.5%, it ain't the greatest i rather have 5%. leapt us move on. big day for democratic senator diane feinstein. ban 150 types of hand guns and rifles. over time dry up the entire supply of weapons. while she's at it she forgot say that she's in complete violation of the second amendment. this is over the edge stuff with all due respect to miss feinstein. we'll be right back to cover it. . >>> welcome back to "the kudlow report." i'm larry kudlow. in this half hour you can say we didn't warn you.
difficult. you know, this has been true since the day after the sandy hook tragedy and it's hard to see how it has changed. the math is just extremely hard. first in the senate where you have a lot of red-state democrats whose strategy electorally has been to diffuse the gun issue, to be pro-nra, pro-second amendment. >> yeah. >> and then you get to the house where there's a republican majority and we just haven't seen a lot of evidence of republicans really defecting on this issue. >> i want to bring in congressman the democrat from long island there and congressman, do we have you there? there we go. there's the congressman. thank you very much, congressman. from rhode island. i think we got that in there, at least. good to see you again, sir. >> you, too, craig. let me pick up where molly just left off there. political feasibility, is there a chance here that the weapons assault ban gets passed? >> it comes down to whether the speaker of the house will bring a bill to the floor? i believe it would pass in a bipartisan way if they brought an assault weapons bill to the floor especially if
wand to say we'll look at sandy funding for the hurricane victims then take this up in a couple of days. why not do it today? you're riding the wave of the inaugural address yesterday. are these guys even serious about reform or do they just always want to be able to play good cop against republicans in a pantomime that never ends? >> two things you have to recall about this particular incident. the first is that the senate is a clubby atmosphere. it is like -- somebody described it as one of the most exclusive clubs in america. only 100 members. it doesn't change very often. they want to be able to get along with each other and look as though they've got some kind of comedy. they've got some kind of gentlemen's arrangement that can move things forward. the problem with that theory is the republicans haven't been playing under those rules for years. we've got a supermajority that's required to get anything done and a minority that can actively block it. the second thing is a lot of the leadership is coming from the top, down. not from the bottom, up. you have the udall merkley bill that
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